This is a group for those interested in keeping their eye in on the London contemporary art scene. We regularly visit new exhibitions across the city including attending Private Views with the intention to see as much as possible, to network and connect with other arts professionals and to build our knowledge of the contemporary art scene in London.
Events we see are designed to help you explore new exhibitions (as opposed to permanent displays) and new spaces across the city. Not all events involve 'Contemporary Art' - some may be, for example, pre-20th Century Art exhibitions, visits to Open House events looking at architecture, and occasionally walking tours of outdoor sculpture.
Group events are fun and designed to be both informative and just a good day/evening out. Members are welcome to bring friends and we'll often book a table for lunch nearby an exhibition. We also always try to end each event by heading to a nearby pub/cafe/place to sit down and have chat about the work we've seen, the themes around the work, curatorial decisions and much more.
So welcome to the group and get yourself RSVP'd for some of our forthcoming events!
'Diane Arbus: In the beginning' looks to be an extraordinary exhibition focusing on one of the 20th Century's leading photographers.
This exhibition explores the first seven years of photographer's career, from 1956 to 1962.
Arbus made most of her photographs in New York City, where she was born and died. Her photographs of children and eccentrics, couples and circus performers, female impersonators and pedestrians are among the most intimate, surprising and haunting works of art of the 20th century.
This exhibition is the first solo show of Arbus’ work in the UK for 12 years. Organised by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, it features nearly 100 photographs, the majority of which are drawn from the Diane Arbus Archive, and have never before been exhibited in Europe.
11:00am: We'll meet at the Southbank Centre cafe.
12:00pm we'll head to the exhibition.
14:00pm: We'll meet outside and head to a nearby pub to catch up on the show and meet other members.
Before the show:
You'll receive a MeetUps message ahead of the show letting you know on any updates to the event, so make sure you check this before coming along.
What to bring:
A notebook if you want to write down your thoughts.
Extra marks for anyone who does some research on the show/artists before and has any questions they want to bring with them.
As always, if you can't make it just send a message to let me know and take your name off the RSVP list.
CAL doesn't take anything for these events BUT please ensure you've booked your ticket ahead of the event.
Taking photos? If you're on Instagram make sure to @contemporaryartlondonevents and/or #CALevents
So RSVP for the event here and via the link and look forward to seeing you there!